Armed with new materials in hand, I headed to a nearby park, to people-watch and produce something remarkable and profound. Well, nothing at all worth sharing came despite my determination. I did, however, discover a new tool: The Pentalic Woodless Graphite Pencil.
It's solid graphite (with a lacquer coating). There is no wood, which makes for a pencil which feels heavier in hand and provides a rich, velvety smooth application. There's more graphite than the usual pencil and that leads to using it from detail work to broad coverage. Below, are two better examples, once I'd grown an appreciation for the pencil and its effect. The first, just a sketch which shows how varied the tone can be and the second from a Summer concert at a local park.